Nicholas Michael Dudynskay passed away suddenly on March 7, 2020. Mike was raised in a suburb of Detroit and attended Lamphere High School where he was an All-State baseball selection for four consecutive years. Mike attended the University of Michigan on a five-year baseball scholarship where he received his BS in Aerospace Engineering along with a BA in History. He was also a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Upon graduation, Mike took an engineering position at McDonnell Douglas in Los Angeles, but found the life of an aerospace engineer to be “boring”. He left that career to go back to school to pursue his MBA in Marketing at Michigan State, and upon graduation was offered a position in the prestigious Advertising Training Program at Leo Burnett in Chicago. He became a global traveler and lived abroad for well over a decade - living in countries such as Korea, Japan, Portugal, Venezuela, Moscow, and London. He met his wife, Christine, in New York City while taking a five-year hiatus with Leo Burnett. Mike’s only son, Maxim, was born in Chicago in 2009.
After retiring from the adverting business, Mike became a public-school science and math teacher for Title 1 schools in Jacksonville, FL. He was also an adjunct professor at the University of North Florida where he taught Marketing for their business master’s degree program.
Mike was a great friend and mentor to many people around the world. He was extremely intelligent, gregarious, and known worldwide for his crazy sock collection and the expression “it is what it is.” He loved Michigan football (Go Blue!), gardening, talking politics, and most of all, practicing baseball with his son.
He is survived by his wife, Christine; his son, Nicholas Maxim; his sister, Natalia Johnston (husband Michael and nephews Nicholas and Ethan); as well as his many loving cousins and aunts.
Funeral services are pending.